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Angels begin at home to start '09

Angels begin at home to start '09

The 2008 American League West champion Angels will kick off their 2009 season at home, taking on the Oakland Athletics in a four-game series starting on April 6.

Following the A's into Angel Stadium will be the Boston Red Sox for three weekend games, April 10-12.

Manager Mike Scioscia will take his troupe on its first road trip starting with a three-game series at Seattle on April 14. The Angels then go to Minnesota, where they opened the 2008 campaign, for three games against the Twins.

The Angels' open Interleague Play starting May 22-24 at Dodger Stadium against the Dodgers. It will also include games against the Padres, Giants, Rockies and Diamondbacks from the National League West.

The Angels will host the Padres on June 12-14 before heading north to engage the Giants in San Francisco on June 15-17. Back at Angel Stadium, the Angels will face the Dodgers on June 19-21 and the Rockies on June 22-24. Interleague Play concludes with a three-game series at Arizona on June 26-28.

The Angels' first experience with the new Yankee Stadium will come early in the season -- April 30 through May 3, a four-game series against the Yankees. The Angels will have 12 homestands and 12 road trips. The Red Sox will come to Angels Stadium twice (April 10-12 as well as May 12-14), and the Yankees also will pay two visits -- July 10-12 and Sept. 21-23.

Fifty-seven of the Angels' 162 games will come against AL West opponents, with 13 of their final 16 games within the division. The season ends with a three-game series in Oakland on Oct. 2-4.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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